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The Angry Silence (1960)

TV-14 | | Drama | 29 July 1960 (Sweden)
A young factory worker decides to stand up against his work-mates and fellow union members when they want to hold a wildcat strike.

Director:

Guy Green

Writers:

Richard Gregson (original treatment for the screen), Michael Craig (original treatment for the screen) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Attenborough ... Tom Curtis
Pier Angeli ... Anna Curtis
Michael Craig ... Joe Wallace
Bernard Lee ... Bert Connolly
Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ... Travers
Penelope Horner ... Pat
Michael Wynne Michael Wynne ... Green
Norman Bird ... Roberts
Gerald Sim Gerald Sim ... Masters
Brian Bedford ... Eddie Barrett
Brian Murray ... Gladys
David Jarrett David Jarrett ... Chuck
Oliver Reed ... Mick
Geoffrey Keen ... Davis
Noel Hood Noel Hood ... Miss Bennett
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Storyline

The right of every individual to be different from his fellow men is the theme behind this internationally-hailed, British production. The story tells of a man's dilemma when he refused to participate in an unofficial strike, where he works. While vicious, calculated violence brings the other dissenters into line, he goes it alone and is sent to Coventry (given the silent treatment) by his fellow workers. A stirring, thought-provoking film that portrays the human problems and high emotions generated when a man dares to act on the courage of his convictions and dares fight to keep his individual freedom. Written by alfiehitchie

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"if people can't be different, if they take that away from you, there's no point to any of it" See more »

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1960 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Amargo silencio See more »

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Budget:

£98,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Beaver Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The major location for the film was Ipswich's Reavell & Co. Ltd. engineering works which doubled for Martindale Engineering Co. Ltd. Founded in 1898, the firm was internationally renowned for its air and gas compressors. Renamed CompAir Reavell in 1969, it operated from Ranelagh Road until 2005; continuing to run on a smaller scale from Whitehouse Road, it closed completely in 2012. See more »

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Smouldering 60's Industrial Drama
19 January 2006 | by john-3109See all my reviews

Guy Green's (1960) film of Bryan Forbes' screenplay is based on a treatment by Michael Craig and, brother, Richard Gregson. Set in London in the late 1950's it was the first release of the joint venture production company Beaver Films set up by Bryan Forbes and Richard Attenborough.

As the film opens, we join Tom Curtis (Richard Attenborough) at work in a small engineering factory beset with labour problems. Single-minded and fiercely independent, Curtis is slow to grasp the implications of the fomenting unrest among his workmates as they band together to challenge the management head-on in a dispute that ultimately leaves Curtis out in the cold.

We follow Curtis home at night where his workmate Joe Wallis (Michael Craig - also writer) lodges with Curtis, his wife Anna (Pier Angeli) and their young family.

But as industrial relations deteriorate at work we see Curtis becoming increasingly isolated and intimidated by his determined colleagues.

With solid performances from Bernard Lee (Bert Connolly), Geoffrey Keen (Davis) and Alfred Burke (Travers) as the sinister agitator, the audience sees Curtis left high and dry as even the management feel compelled to abandon him.

Increasingly out of his depth, we are drawn into Curtis' worsening situation as his family are also intimidated in an effort to break his indomitable will.

This film captures something of the early struggle for recognition by employees in small firms like this before employment protection became enshrined in the law of the land. It gives us a feel for the situation of the casualties along the way and the forces at play.


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